Bowlers prepare for state contest
CEDAR RAPIDS – More than 900 Special Olympics Iowa bowlers, including seven from Fairfield, will compete in the annual State Bowling Tournament in Cedar Rapids on Nov. 17.
The opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Westdale Bowling Center, with competition to follow. Athletes of all ages and ability will participate in singles, doubles or team bowling.
Fairfield athletes in attendance will include adults Macayla Coffin, Sarah Coleman, Stanley Mason and Mark Miller. Fairfield youth making the trip are Jonathan Copeland, Andrew Peiffer and Ross Robinson.
Pam Wagner, Special Olympics Iowa vice president of program, noted bowling has the third highest participation numbers among all sports.
“We have nearly 3,500 bowlers competing in the Special Olympics Area Bowling and of those, 900 win their way to the state tournament. These events offer persons with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop their strength, coordination and social skills.”
More than 250 volunteers will donate their time to serve the athletes and make the event a success.
Special Olympics Iowa is a nonprofit organization serving Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. The organization provides training and competitions in 23 Olympic-type sports for 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners representing each of Iowa’s 99 counties.